15 November 2023
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

811 7th Avenue, W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA


+48 693 722 576


About the event

Aviation Bridge is a brand-new initiative of the V4+ Airport Association that is aiming to improve air connectivity between Central Europe and the United States. Our main goal is to meet our long-distance partners and to create a roadmap for the dynamic and streamlined development of tourism between regions of North America and Central Europe.

In recent times, the American traveler hasn’t been venturing out and taking long-distance trips . We want to change this. Our aim is to face the challenge togetherfind ways to mitigate the risks, and put our heads together to design the best practices to increase the tourist flow between the regions.

The purpose of the Aviation Bridge Conference is to provide an opportunity for one-on-one meetings between all of the industry’s key players: representatives of major European airports, airlines that provide cross-Atlantic connections, travel associations, tour operators, travel agencies, and DMCs.  Together, we’ll assess the current state of the industry, discuss the challenges and opportunities we’re facing, and map out growth strategies..

This event will be attended by several major Polish Airports (Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Rzeszow) and other airports from the CEE region (V4+ airport-members) as well as LOT Polish Airlines, the Polish Tourism Organization, the Polish Embassy and Chamber of Tourism. 

We will address v various key topics, such as:

  • American international tourism trends: Where do Americans travel in Europe? Are off the beaten path destinations ready for an increased influx of travelers? Do they provide enough marketing support and services to providers and visitors? 
  • Major concerns of US travelers: What can European destinations improve to ensure simple, easy, secure travels and the confidence of passengers?
  • What do US travelers expect from overseas trips and are their expectations met? 
  • Are non-stop travels and modern airport facilities a deal-breaker?
  • Wellness Tourism: How can Central Europe meet the demands of wellness travelers and the sector’s dynamic growth? 






Preliminary agenda

Time Agenda
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome Coffee  and networking
10:30 – 10:50

Official opening, welcome speeches  

  • Stanisław Wojtera,  CEO of Polish Airports, President of V4+ Airports Association
  • Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York 
10:50 – 11:15 Presentations:
Exploring Central Europe – where we are, who we are?
11:15 -11:45

Panel 1 Introduction
(moderator: Hanna Peresypkina, Consultant V4+ Airports Association)



  • Mark Meader, Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Education, American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)
  • Amber Achilles Ritter, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chief Commercial Officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation.
  • Viktor Sober, CEO, Dubrovnik Airport Ltd.


Airlines Perspective on Network of the Central European Region and Beyond
(Christopher Jastrab, Global Account Manager at LOT Polish Airlines)

12:00-12:15 Coffee break


Discovering Central Europe: The Value of Traveling and Not Following the Crowds (Aziz Abu Sarah, MEJDI Tours; National Geographic Explorer, Cultural Educator)


Panel 2
(moderator: Aziz Abu Sarah, MEJDI Tours; National Geographic Explorer, Cultural Educator)

Improving the Traveler Experience in Every Sector: Leisure (Individual & Group), Business & Incentive trips 

  • Traveler’s expectations from the perspective of airports and hotels.
  • What concerns might travelers from North America to Central Europe have?
  • Is Central Europe prepared to welcome tourists from North America?
  • Central Europe’s history, culture, and outdoor treasures can effectively compete with other overcrowded regions of Europe?


  • Jakub Wołosz, Polish National Tourist Office in North America
  • Brett Scott, Government Affairs Professional, Networker, Advocacy Leader
  • Kelley Louise – Head of Marketing, Fora Travel Inc
  • David Farley – Freelance travel and food journalist, author and copywriter
  • Adrian Kubicki  – Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York 
    13:20 – 13:35    


    Polish National Tourist Office in North America (Jakub Wolosz, PNTO)

    13:35 – 13:45    

    Navigating the Future – Longevity Center as a new destination for medical tourism in Poland and Switzerland.

    13:45 – 14:15 Q&A session and discussion
    14:15 – 15:30 Lunch & networking





    Stanislaw Wojtera

    Polish Airports / V4+ Airports

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    Aziz Abu Sarah

    MEJDI Tours

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    Paweł Galiak

    Kraków Airport

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    Christopher Jastrab

    LOT Polish Airlines

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    Jakub Wolosz

    Polish National Tourist Office in North America

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    Hanna Perysypkina

    V4+, Host

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    Amber Achilles Ritter

    Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chief Commercial Officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation

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    Brett Scott

    Dentons Global Advisors

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    Adrian Kubicki

    Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York 

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    David Farley

    Journalist, Author and Copywriter

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    Kelley Louise

    Fora Travel Inc

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    Mark Meader

    Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Education
    American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)

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    Viktor Šober

    Dubrovnik Airport Ltd.

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    Joanna Bensz

    Longevity Center

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    Stay tuned for more confirmed speakers